Educational Institutions

Middle Tennessee State University Foundation

  • Murfreesboro, TN
  • http://www.mtsu.edu/development/

Mission Statement

The MTSU Foundation strives to serve the needs of the students, faculty, alumni and related constituencies through the solicitation and management of gift funds directed to Middle Tennessee State University. Effective communication, prudent management and a commitment to donor stewardship allow the Foundation to offer the highest level of service and support to the more than 20,000 students, over 100,000 undergraduate alumni and more than 2000 faculty and staff of the university; helping assure their continued personal and professional development and enabling the university to effectively meet the needs of the state and region.

Main Programs

  1. Student Support
  2. Community Engagement
Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

TN

ruling year

1963

Principal Officer since 2002

Self-reported

Mr. William J. Bales

Keywords

Self-reported

MTSU, Middle Tennessee State University, MT, Middle, MTSU Foundation

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EIN

62-0695507

 Number

3914352466

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

University or Technological (B43)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

As the sole entity charged with the responsibility for soliciting and managing gifts on behalf of Middle Tennessee State University, the MTSU Foundation received over $6 million last year, benefiting a wide variety of programs and activities on campus. In addition, the MTSU Foundation currently manages and oversees an endowment of approximately $88 million, which provides an additional $1.9 million in income for support. As a result of the Foundation's efforts, more than 1,000 students each year are awarded over $1 million in scholarship support, helping them in their pursuit of a college education. Additionally over $60,000 in awards and stipends are provided to faculty in recognition of exceptional performance and helping the university recruit and retain the highest quality faculty. As a result of these efforts, Middle Tennessee State University has attracted more of the mid-state region's top scholars than any other university in the state - public or private. Middle Tennessee State University is committed to providing the citizens of Tennessee with state-of-the-art educational opportunities with a commitment to excellence in undergraduate education. With its roots as one of the state's first normal (teacher training) schools, MTSU fully appreciates the importance of an educated populace and is dedicated to the success of all who enroll. Gifts in support of our students, programs and activities help assure that MTSU maintains its position as Tennessee's Best comprehensive university.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Student Support

MTSU houses a wide variety of nationally recognized academic degree programs at the baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels. The University is composed of eight undergraduate colleges, offering more than 40 departments and more than 140 degree programs. The College of Graduate Studies offers more than 100 degree programs. Our ambitious Quest for Student Success, which included the hiring of almost 50 additional academic advisors and course redesign, is reshaping MTSU's approaches to teaching and learning. It has gained national attention from The Washington Post and the Chronicle of Higher Education for its innovation in improving MTSU's student retention and graduation rates.MTSU is the No. 1 producer of graduates in the Tennessee Board of Regents system; the second-largest producer of graduates in the state among public universities; the No. 1 producer of adult (25 years old and older) and low-income (Pell Grant-eligible) graduates in the state; and the most efficient producer of graduates among the state's public universities, helping more students reach their educational goals with fewer tax dollars.

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Program 2

Community Engagement

Through partnership, research and public service opportunities, members of the local and regional community are provided with innovative ways to draw on the intellectual capital of the University. The 2016 proposal offers an example of our faculty members' efforts to support literacy in the local community. Two further examples of this are The Ann Campbell Early Learning Center and the Homer Pittard Campus School. The Ann Campbell Early Learning Center is an inclusive earlychildhood education program serving children 15 months to 5 years of age.Children with and without developmental delays learn and play together during child- and teacher-directed learning activities. Daily activities and routines are used as natural learning opportunities. State early learning standards, assessment data gathered about individual children, and recommended practices in inclusive early childhood education guide teachers as they plan learning opportunities. MTSU students actively participate in the program by volunteering and completing course requirements for their academic programs. Go to http://www.mtsu.edu/acelearningcenter for more information. The Campus School is a public school operated jointly by MTSU and Rutherford County. It is the laboratory school for students in the teacher education programs of the Department of Elementary and Special Education (ELED). By working at the school, university students apply the knowledge gained through coursework. Campus School is also used for demonstrating successful educational practice. All faculty members are clinical instructors for the university's ELED department.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

>35 staff

Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

TN

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Like many other Tennessee public universities, MTSU is challenged to maintain fine teaching, research opportunities and facilities, advising, and student success support by balancing state appropriations and carefully budgeted tuition and fees from students. The financial impact of private support was never more important to meet the growing need for student scholarships, to maintain modern lab and teaching facilities, and to assure that MTSU can competitively recruit the finest teaching scholars to our faculty.

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Middle Tennessee State University Foundation
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Middle Tennessee State University Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. William J. Bales

BIO

Joe Bales has served for more than 25 years in higher education fundraising, and for more than 14 years as the Executive Director of the MTSU Foundation, during which the foundation's endowment has more than tripled in value.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"MTSU strives to greater levels of community service and engagement while working to assure higher degrees of student success. The proposal to be submitted for 2016 demonstrates our commitment one of our efforts toward that outreach and impact."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Tom Provow

Evergreen Consulting, Inc.

Term: July 2016 - June 2018

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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